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About us

Our mission is to be the leading creator of books and resources which help everyone make sense of faith.

Founded in 1698, we are the largest Christian publisher in the UK and the third oldest British publishing house still operating today. Through our diverse range of publishing and charity programmes, we aim to make Christian ideas and values relevant and accessible to people of all faiths and none. SPCK has a long history and you can read more about our history here.

SPCK also administers a number of grant-making trusts. You can find out more about these trusts here.


Today, SPCK publishes quality books and resources under four main imprints.

SPCK Publishing is a recognised market-leader in the areas of Theology and Christian Spirituality, publishing authors such as Tom Wright, Rowan Williams, Paula Gooder and Alister McGrath. SPCK continues to gather recognition in other genres, including History and Leadership books written for people of all backgrounds, proudly representing authors such as Terry Waite, Melvyn Bragg, Janina Ramirez and Ben Cooley.

IVP UK is the leading evangelical publishing imprint in the UK, publishing acclaimed authors from the UK and overseas including John Stott, Don Carson, Amy Orr-Ewing and Emma Scrivener.

Marylebone House publishes contemporary and historical fiction, short stories, and clerical crime mysteries. Exploring themes such as doubt, faith, brokenness and love, the novels are reaching a growing market of readers who appreciate perceptive, compassionate writing about human experience. You can learn more about Marylebone House here.

Sheldon Press is a leading publisher of books which help people with their physical or mental health, written by well-informed practitioners, doctors, medical journalists and health-care professionals, including Channel 4’s Dr Dawn Harper, Dr Tim Cantopher, Mark Greener, Emma Woolf and many more. You can learn more about Sheldon Press here.


SPCK is responsible for a number of programmes that seek to help others better understand Christian faith and values.

Diffusion exists to produce easy-to-read books for prisoners, intended to address the shortage of books for adults with low literacy levels and inspiring hopes of finding jobs on release.

Prayers on the Move is a nationwide campaign developed to encourage everyone from every walk of life to give prayer a go.

Assemblies is the go-to online resource for teachers wishing to provide a thought-provoking time of spiritual reflection in the busy school day.

African Theological Network Press is designed to pioneer theology publishing by Africans, in Africa, for Africa and the whole world.

SPCK administers the Michael Ramsey Prize. For more information, click here 


Who We Are


Our Trustees

John Pritchard

The Rt Revd John Pritchard (Chair)

Bishop John retired as Bishop of Oxford in 2014, having previously been Bishop of Jarrow and Archdeacon of Canterbury. He continues to lead retreats, speak at training events and write.

James Catford

James Catford

James joined the Governing Body in 2016. James worked for IVP, HodderHeadline and HarperCollins before serving as Chief Executive of Bible Society until 2015. He now has an international portfolio of commercial and charity roles.

Sarah Bailey

Sarah Bailey

Sarah joined the board in 2015. She has worked in trade publishing for ages, covering sales, editorial and general management, but has qualifications in law. She grew up in Dublin and walks a lot. 

The Very Revd Canon Niall Sloane

The Very Revd Niall Sloane

Niall joined the Governing Body in 2010. He is Dean of Limerick and Honorable Clerical Secretary of SPCKs sister organisation in Ireland APCK.

Dr Cathy Ross

Dr Cathy Ross

Cathy joined the Governing Body in 2012 and is oversight trustee for SPCK Worldwide. She is tutor in contextual theology at Ripon College, Cuddesdon. She publishes in the area of mission and contextual theology.

The Revd Matthew Cashmore

The Revd Matthew Cashmore

Father Matthew is an Assistant Curate in Hereford. In a previous incarnation he was Digital Director at Hachette and Blackwells.

Elizabeth Renshaw-Ames

Elizabeth Renshaw-Ames

Elizabeth is a Chartered Accountant and CEO of the HSBC UK pension scheme. She has oversight responsibility on the Governing Body for pensions.

Dr Andrew Fergusson

Dr Andrew Fergusson

After a career in medicine and communicating at the Christian/medical interface, Andrew was co-opted onto the SPCK Governing Body from the former IVP Board at the time of the merger of the two organisations.

Eric Thompson

Eric Thompson

Eric joined the Governing Body in 2015 and is oversight trustee for Staff/HR as well as serving on the Audit Committee. He is Operations Director of Emmanuel Church, Croydon, and a member of the PCC and Deanery Synod.

The Rt Revd Dr Michael Beasley

The Rt Revd Dr Michael Beasley

Bishop Michael joined the Governing Body in 2017.His publications include a number of books in the field of epidemiology and on the intersection between faith and health.

The Rev Stephen Tudway

The Revd Stephen Tudway

Stephen joined the Governing Body in 2016. Stephen is currently serving his curacy in rural Hertfordshire. He continues to practise as a barrister.

Paul Burrage

Paul Burrage

Paul joined the Governing Body in 2017 and is chair of the Audit Committee. As Director of Accounting Services, he was responsible for payroll and accounting services to the Archbishops’ Council until his retirement in 2017.


Our Senior Management

Sam Richardson, CEO

Sam Richardson, CEO

Sam leads the staff team and works closely with the trustees. Sam's background before joining SPCK in 2014 was in commercial publishing. He won Young Independent Publisher of the Year in 2016, lives in Cambridgeshire with his wife and their three boys, and supports Crystal Palace.

Alexandra McDonald, Commercial Director

Alexandra McDonald, Commercial Director

Alexandra oversees the trade sales, marketing, publicity, licensing, ebooks, direct to consumer activity, distribution logistics and many other things. If she had spare time, she would like to spend it reading, doing yoga and playing golf but usually ends up trapped in the car being mum's taxi.

Alan Mordue, Sales Director

Alan Mordue, Sales Director

Alan heads up the sales team in the field, spending most of his time selling books into High Street and academic bookshops. In his spare time he enjoys reading books on Historical Jesus research, as well as sampling real ales (all in the interest of research, of course).

Michael Brackpool, Finance Director

Michael Brackpool, Finance Director

As Finance Director Michael looks after the financial area and the accounting for the group. He is a keen sailor, supports Wasps RFC and spends considerable effort keeping the family Springer Spaniel in the boat and out of mud and other things.

Philip Law, Publishing Director

Philip Law, Publishing Director (SPCK)

In his 19 years with SPCK, Philip has worked mainly on academic books, alongside popular titles by leading authors such as Sister Wendy Beckett, Melvyn Bragg, Vincent Nichols, Janina Ramirez, Elaine Storkey, Terry Waite, Tom Wright and Rowan Williams.

Primavera Quantrill, Partnerships Director

Primavera Quantrill, Partnerships Director

Primavera has worked in Christian communications since Windows 95 was cool and now connects SPCK with partners who can support our mission in all kinds of ways. When she's not with her family she can be found mucking out the alpacas at Vauxhall City Farm or sailing the South Coast in classic boats.

Mark Read, Art Director

Mark Read, Art Director

Mark designs and art directs our book covers, previously working at a commercial publisher with 14 years’ experience designing bestsellers. Mark is married with three young children, lives in Kent, and consumes too much popcorn.

Chris Watkins, Production Director

Chris Watkins, Production Director

Chris heads the Production and House Editorial departments, ensuring books are delivered on time and budget and to the best possible standard. He deals extensively with external suppliers and oversees the use and implementation of Production systems.

Steve Mitchell, Publishing Director (IVP)

Steve Mitchell, Publishing Director (IVP)

Steve is the Director of Publishing for IVP. He has a background in bookselling, and along the way picked up an MBA. He lives in Cumbria with his wife Karen; and as a happy empty-nester now has more time for his books and bass guitar.

Pat Phillips, Executive Administrator

Pat Phillips, Executive Administrator

Pat is responsible for HR, and Health and Safety, looks after the Governing Body and its committees, and carries out various central admin roles. Her interests outside work include the arts, especially opera, and watching England play rugby.

Alison Barr, Publisher

Alison Barr, Publisher

Alison is Publisher of SPCK and Marylebone House. After many years in London, she still loves walking round the city. Her hobbies include interior design and singing with Sloane Square Choral Society.

Angus Crichton, Worldwide Manager

Angus Crichton, Worldwide Manager

Angus manages SPCK's work to support the creation of theological publications in the global south, that are relevant to those contexts, particularly with the Africa Theological Network Press.